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barrel vault

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noun Architecture.
  1. a vault having the form of a very deep arch.

Origin of barrel vault

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called barrel roof, cradle vault, tunnel vault, wagon roof, wagon vault.
Related formsbar·rel-vault·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for barrel vault

Historical Examples

  • Barrel-vault: A vault whose cross-section is everywhere the same as if part of a tube.

    How to judge architecture

    Russell Sturgis

  • The roof seems to have been a barrel-vault, but great part of it has now fallen in.

  • The height of the interior, from the floor to the centre of the barrel-vault of the nave, is a little over seventy feet.

  • Sometimes the ceilings were horizontal, sometimes canted on two sides, and sometimes they take the form of a barrel-vault.


British Dictionary definitions for barrel vault

barrel vault

noun
  1. architect a vault in the form of a half cylinderAlso called: wagon vault, tunnel vault
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